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Bored to Death
October 12, 2009, 9:06 am
Filed under: Bored to Death, The Writer As Seen on TV

the writer seen-on-tvThe most realistic feature of otherwise far-fetched TV comedies about writers is the incredible lack of writing going on—in fact, it’s a trope that I celebrate. As someone who has just dropped a couple thousand dollars on a creative writing Master’s program, I should probably be embarrassed to admit that I spend more time actively avoiding Microsoft Word than I do filling up blank documents with my killer prose. While it would be a truly revolutionary show that depicted some terribly prolific novelist, sitting down at his or her (though, probably “his”) computer, hammering away at that keyboard for the entire half-hour/hour, clearly, no one wants to watch that—aside from the obvious dullness factor, it would be far too disheartening for all of those viewers of the frustrated-writer persuasion.

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